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Building of the Lititz Freight Station in 1921

 
 
Building of the Lititz Freight Station in 1921 Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., November 11, 2018
1. Building of the Lititz Freight Station in 1921 Marker
Inscription.  

In 1884, the Lititz Moravian Congregation, who owned Lititz Springs Park, entered into a ninety-nine year lease with the Philadelphia & Reading Railroad Company for the location of a new Passenger Depot & Express Station to be built on Park grounds. The understanding was that no more grounds would be needed. However, in June 1920, the P. & R. started proceedings for the condemnation of additional Park grounds in order to build a freight warehouse.

On Thursday, July 29, 1920 the Lititz Record reported that "The Philadelphia and Reading Railroad Company announced its abandonment of the condemnation proceedings started against the Lititz Springs." Also, "the railroad company closed a deal for the purchase of a tract of land from Hershey-Leaman Company on the south side of the railroad along Water Street." In July of 1921 the Hershey-Leaman Company of Lititz received the contract to build a new one-story brick freight station with a 202-foot platform. The freight station did not open for business until May 24, 1922. The interior was divided into a large storage room, a freight office and a general office.

The Freight Station was operated

Building of the Lititz Freight Station in 1921 Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., November 11, 2018
2. Building of the Lititz Freight Station in 1921 Marker
for 77 years under three railroads when the Norfolk-Southern Railroad took possession from Conrail in 1999, thus ending the station's operation. Finally the old station was town down in August of 2013 which was the last remaining one of the three stations that were built in Lititz that served the once mighty and powerful Reading Railroad System. This 1921 date stone is the only remnant left of the old station.
 
Erected by Lititz Springs Park Historical and Archives Committee.
 
Location. 40° 9.493′ N, 76° 18.483′ W. Marker is in Lititz, Pennsylvania, in Lancaster County. Marker is on the Lititz Springs Park Entrance Road west of Broad Street (Pennsylvania Route 501), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 18 North Broad Street, Lititz PA 17543, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Importance of Conversation (here, next to this marker); Veterans Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Lititz Caboose Museum (a few steps from this marker); 1895 Drinking Fountain (within shouting distance of this marker); Lititz Springs Park Entrance Gates (within shouting distance of this marker); Lititz Springs Park Historical Markers
Lititz Freight Station Date Stone Remnant image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., November 11, 2018
3. Lititz Freight Station Date Stone Remnant
(within shouting distance of this marker); Lititz Spring Park Memorial Fountain (within shouting distance of this marker); Lititz (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lititz.
 
Also see . . .
1. Lititz railroad depot coming down (LNP - Lancaster Online, 2013). (Submitted on November 12, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. It’s history Lititz’s last train station reduced to rubble (Lititz Record Express, 2013). (Submitted on November 12, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on July 8, 2019. This page originally submitted on November 12, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 65 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 12, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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